Dipolydora capensis (Day, 1955)

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Status

Common, Indigenous

Description

Prostomium rounded. Caruncle to chaetiger 3.D_capensis_frontpage_watermarked Notochaetae present on chaetiger 1. Modified spines on chaetiger 5 simple hooks. Hooded hooks present from chaetiger 7; 3-5 per ramus, posteriorly lose hoods and smaller fang, becoming unidentate (2-3). Short spines with nototchaetae in posterior. Pygidium small with 4 lobes.

20 mm for 100 segments

Distribution

Southwest to southeast coast

Ecology
Very abundant on shells of wild molluscs, and sometimes on cultured abalone.

Reproduction
Produces planktotrophic larvae, through most of the year.

 

Citation: Simon C. A. and van Niekerk S. E. (2012), Dipolydora capensis (Day, 1955) modified May 2015, The Simon Polychaete Lab- http://thesimonpolychaetelab.com/%ef%bb%bfdipolydora-capensis/, Date Accessed:June 24, 2019.